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The terrifying true story of aspiring serial killer Mark Twitchell has been explored in documentary My Online Nightmare, which exposes some of the worst crimes which stemmed from speaking to strangers online.

Back in 2008 Gilles, then 26, was lured to a garage by filmmaker Twitchell - a dangerous catfish who was posing as a blonde 24-year-old called Sheena on Plenty of Fish dating site.

He had no criminal record, he had never committed any crime.

"His wife, his parents, his sister, his friends, they had no idea.

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"Over the course of the year he had this transformation from a suburban father and aspiring filmmaker, to become someone who was killing people for fun.

"He was using the internet to lure people and to explore that fantasy that he liked so much, and make it a reality." Gilles added: "That man, he was just pure evil.

But that was the grim reality for both men, only one of whom was lucky enough to escape.

The lonely security guard, from Edmonton, Alberta, was given a series of detailed directions by Twitchell, then 29, under the guise that ' Sheena' didn't feel comfortable releasing her full address to a stranger.

Gilles drove to ' Sheena's' house that very night and entered through the garage - as he had been instructed to do.

At that instant I knew there was no date." He added: "I couldn’t believe it. "He pulled out a gun and he told me to get down on the floor, put my hands on my back and close my eyes. I heard some kind of jingling noise, metal handcuffs. Then he started to strike me with this baton." Amazingly, Gilles managed to escape under the garage door and, despite Twitchell's initial attempts to drag him back inside, made a run for it when two dog walkers stumbled across the attack.

Gilles said: "I knew I needed to go to the police, but I was ashamed about what had happened to me, that I got duped by this man pretending to be a female.

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